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The Real Reason Why Breast Cancer is Plummeting

Lisa Says: HRT, mammographies, Bio-identical hormones, Vitamin D – Dr. Mercola hits it all in this article. There are multiple other posts we have on our blog about these subjects. After what we’ve researched over the last 2 years in Rex’s journey naturally from cancer to health, I will never personally have a mammogram again, [...]

Lisa Says: HRT, mammographies, Bio-identical hormones, Vitamin D – Dr. Mercola hits it all in this article. There are multiple other posts we have on our blog about these subjects. After what we’ve researched over the last 2 years in Rex’s journey naturally from cancer to health, I will never personally have a mammogram again, nor take HRT, based on the clinical data I have studied. That is a very personal decision each woman needs to make for herself, but AFTER she’s studied the research on both sides of the fence.

The Real Reason Why Breast Cancer is Plummeting
The death rate due to cancer has declined in the United States in recent years. In fact, 650,000 lives were spared from cancer between 1990 and 2005.

A decrease in deaths from breast cancer accounted for 37 percent of the reduction in the death rate among women during the 15-year period. This is largely due to a decreased use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been shown to increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

HRT fell out of favor after a large government-funded study known as the Women’s Health Initiative was stopped early because the risks of HRT, including an increased risk of breast cancer, greatly outnumbered the benefits of the therapy.

Sources:

CNN May 27, 2009

CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians June 9 2009 [Epub ahead of print]
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Cancer rates in general are on a decline, but it’s still the number one killer in America. Nearly 1.5 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2009. In all, more than 1,500 people die from cancer each day, accounting for nearly one out of every four U.S. deaths.

Fortunately, the realization that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was causing breast cancer, and the subsequent decrease in use of artificial hormones, has led to a 37 percent reduction in death rates among women.

That’s impressive, and a testament to just how devastating an incorrect pharmaceutical intervention can be. Just imagine what might happen to mortality rates if we stopped swallowing a number of dangerous drugs that are currently taken by millions of people, day in and day out!

How Drug Companies Fooled Me and Most Doctors

As little as ten years ago, conventional medicine touted HRT as THE answer to women’s post-menopausal health.

Interestingly, shortly after I completed my residency training program in 1985, I was actually a paid lecturer for the drug company that sold Premarin, the horse-based estrogen that was sold to women in menopause.

I promoted it because after carefully reviewing the “scientific” literature for over a year, it certainly seemed that it had far more benefits than downsides. However, this was my introduction in the mind-bending manipulation that the drug companies had been using for many decades.

They had meticulously bought off the leading physicians in this area of research with huge speaking engagements and grants, and were able to facilitate their articles being published in the most respected medical journals.

By using this strategy, they were able to completely pervert the scientific process and as a result, convince nearly the entire medical community, generating billions of dollars in profits from the sale of these unnatural hormones for humans.

It took me several years to recognize how these companies manipulated the system but eventually I learned the truth and stopped prescribing and recommending HRT as conventionally recommended.

In fact the leading proponent of using estrogen in the 1960’s, Dr. Robert A. Wilson, established a sham research foundation and wrote his seminal book, “Feminine Forever”, all with secret pharmaceutical company funds. His research institute and treatment recommendations were later found to be fraudulent, but by the time this was discovered the theory of using estrogen had been well established and carried on with it’s own momentum even in the face of research to the contrary. Every medical doctor in the United States fell into this trap of misinformation and mistruth and these dangerous prescribing practices continued for almost forty years.

The Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Even powerful multi-national, billion-dollar drug firms can’t squash the truth forever. Eventually the truth came out in the form of a large government-funded study known as the Women’s Health Initiative, which exposed the real dangers of HRT. The hormone trials were stopped early when researchers discovered an increased risk of breast cancer and other side effects that greatly outweighed the benefits of the therapy.

Just ONE YEAR after millions of women quit taking HRT, incidents of breast cancer fell by seven percent!

It is hard to describe how frustrating it was to argue against arrogant and ignorant physicians back then, who claimed that this form of treatment was actually helping women.

Other studies looking at the long-term usage of synthetic estrogen have revealed many negative side effects, including:

Heart attacks
Strokes
Blood clots
High blood pressure
Vaginal bleeding
The following hormone prescriptions now carry black box warnings:

Premarin. Premarin is an estrogen extracted from a pregnant mare’s urine and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Estrogen Therapy. Estrogen, which is extracted from Premarin, was effective in combating some menopausal symptoms but proved to have serious, negative side effects, such as the increased risk of breast cancer and an increase in insulin levels.

Provera. This drug contains a synthetic form of progesterone called PROGESTIN, which has well-documented, negative side effects such as blood clotting. Progestin is probably even more dangerous than Premarin and is the same class of hormones that are in all birth control pills.

There’s no question that nearly all medicinal estrogen is unhealthy and can cause more problems than they prevent. Studies have found that HRT increases your breast cancer risk by at least one percent per year, and HRT with progestin increases your risk by eight percent per year, potentially going as high as 30 percent after just four years of use.

HRT was at one point also thought to protect against heart disease, bone fractures, and Alzheimer’s disease. But none of those claims turned out to be true either after more diligent investigation.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

There are far better and less risky alternatives to HRT, such as bioidentical hormones. For more information about bioidenticals, please view my recent video on this topic.

Bioidentical hormones have never been associated with the dangers of Premarin and synthetic progestins like the ones uncovered in the Women’s Health Initiative, and it is likely that they never will be, as they are natural human hormones.

However there are many potential dangers to using bioidentical hormones and they need to be prescribed by someone who is very knowledgeable in this area. If one simply measures female hormones and then supplements with bioidentical hormones, most likely they will NOT do better.

This is because the ideal way for most women to balance their hormones is to FIRST normalize their adrenal hormones with lifestyle changes like stress reduction, exercise and diet. Once that is done it becomes MUCH easier and far more likely that a successful hormone balance will be achieved.

One of the best ways to address adrenal hormones is through a 24-hour saliva test from a reputable lab. You need to find an experienced health care clinician that has helped many other women achieve good results. It would be wise to ask for names and numbers of other women who were treated so you can confirm for yourself that their treatment worked well.

If this is a challenge for you, another option is our website. We are actually in the process of developing a program where women will be able to do this on our website later this fall, so stay tuned.

What Do Mammograms Have to Do With it?

Another reason mentioned as a cause for the decline in breast cancer deaths is simply delayed diagnosis, as many women are not getting their yearly mammogram. Said Dr. Marisa Weiss, the president and founder of advocacy group Breastcancer.org,

“Fewer women are getting mammography and that’s why fewer women are getting diagnosed with breast cancer, so eventually that will come back and bite us in the rear end.”

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women get a mammogram every year or two after age 40.

I disagree with this recommendation, and don’t believe it is part of the overall reduction in the number of breast cancer cases. If anything, the reduction in mammograms may actually be another factor that is driving the breast cancer rate down.

The benefits of mammograms are highly controversial, while the risks are well established. A startling study published in The Lancet in 2001 concluded that previous research showing a benefit of yearly mammograms was flawed, and that widespread mammogram screening is unjustified.

Specifically, the Danish researchers argued that earlier studies in Europe and North America were improperly randomized and that they used a faulty definition of breast cancer survival.

Meanwhile, the technology carries a first-time false positive rate of up to 6 percent.

False positives can lead to expensive repeat screenings and can sometimes result in unnecessary invasive procedures including biopsies and surgeries. Just thinking you may have breast cancer, when you really do not, focuses your mind on fear and disease, and is actually enough to trigger an illness in your body. So a false positive on a mammogram, or an unnecessary biopsy, can in and of itself damage your health.

Not to mention that women have unnecessarily undergone mastectomies, radiation and chemotherapy after receiving false positives on a mammogram. And as you may already know, chemotherapy comes with the potential side effect of cancer later on!

I recommend you read my previous article detailing the shortcomings of mammograms, and the highly advanced, but much maligned, alternative detection tool for breast cancer called breast thermography. I even offer a free PDF report on this marvelous cancer screening test.

How to Virtually Eradicate Cancer

There is now overwhelming evidence pointing to the fact that many of the 560,000 cancer deaths expected to occur this year could have been safely prevented with one simple lifestyle change – sun exposure.

If health officials would simply recommend that you get some sensible sun exposure, or supplement with oral vitamin D3 if you can’t get out into the sun, there could be major advances made in the fight against cancer.

In fact, a standard recommendation like that could potentially cut cancer rates in half! I can’t think of ANY other intervention that could possibly come close to that.

One recent study also points out vitamin D’s potential in treating breast cancer; not just in preventing it. They found that calcitrol (the active form of vitamin D) can induce a tumor-suppressing protein that inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells specifically.

In addition to something as basic as spending time in the sun, even the American Cancer Society states that about one-third of the cancer deaths expected to occur in 2009 will be related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.

The final nail in the coffin for most would be to have excessive iron levels. This is actually very common once women stop menstruating. The extra iron actually works as a powerful oxidant, increasing free radicals and raising your risk of cancer.

All you need to do is measure your ferritin level and if it is above 80, just donate blood, which will reduce the amount of iron that you have.

Just imagine: if the focus of cancer prevention and treatment shifted from the current allopathic view to one that embraced a healthy diet, physical exercise, and appropriate sun exposure, cancer would likely fade into the shadows and become a rarity – as it should be.

Related Links:

Hormone Replacement Therapy When Is It Necessary?

Another study links HRT to breast cancer risk

2008 Cancer Advances That Actually Make Cancer Worse

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Indian Curry Spices Explained (Health Benefits)

Rex Says: in addressing my cancer naturally, I use alot of herbs and spices now. There is current research on the health benefits of turmeric, so I sprinkle it on my salad every day now. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm
Indian Curry Spices Explained
by Kirk Patrick, citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) While some Indian spices are commonly found on the home spice [...]

Rex Says: in addressing my cancer naturally, I use alot of herbs and spices now. There is current research on the health benefits of turmeric, so I sprinkle it on my salad every day now. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm

Indian Curry Spices Explained
by Kirk Patrick, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) While some Indian spices are commonly found on the home spice rack, few understand just how powerful these spices are in their freshest form. Understanding the health benefits of each ingredient is key to optimizing home cooked meals for the particular needs of the family. This article will summarize the medicinal properties of the top five spices used to prepare Indian Curry.

The Top 5 Indian Spices

* Caraway (seed) – Carum carvi (Umbelliferae)

One of the oldest spices, and historically known as a cure-all, caraway contains the volatile oil limonene. Caraway boosts the immune system and soothes irritated skin. When combined with olive oil caraway relieves bronchitis, colds, toothache, eye infections, sore throat, and cancer. Caraway seeds freshen the breath, and caraway oil stimulates milk production in lactating mothers. Caraway has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Cardamom (pods) – Elletaria cardamomum (Zingiberaceae)

Cardamom is called “the Queen of all spices” and contains the antioxidant cineole. Cardamom is another spice regarded as a cure-all. Cardamom detoxifies the liver, strengthens the immune system and calms the nerves. Cardamom is used to fight kidney and stomach cancer, and also to treat digestive problems, asthma, and urinary tract infections. Cardamom seeds freshen the breath.

* Clove – Eugenia caryophyllus (Myrtaceae)

Clove contains the volatile oil eugenol, a powerful antioxidant that is commonly used as a topical pain reliever for toothaches. Also used as a sore throat spray, to treat joint pain, and to reduce skin inflammation, clove even helps fight stomach cancer. Clove has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

* Fennel (seed) – Foeniculum vulgare (Umbelliferae)

Fennel seeds contain several important antioxidants including anethole, kaempferol, quercetin, and rutin. Fennel also contains fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. Fennel strengthens the immune system, helps treat colon cancer, and reduces blood pressure. Fennel helps combat the toxic effect of food additives. Fennel has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-tumor properties.

* Turmeric< (root) – Curcuma longa (Zingiberaceae)

Turmeric, also known as curcumin contains curcuma, the pigment providing the bright yellow/orange color and a powerful antioxidant. A natural pain killer, turmeric detoxifies the liver, treats arthritis, reduces nervous tension and fights depression. Also used for psoriasis, turmeric boosts metabolic function and reduces body fat. Turmeric is used to treat leukemia, multiple sclerosis, melanoma and Alzheimer's disease. When turmeric is combined with cauliflower it is believed to help prevent cancers of the pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Turmeric has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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Preparation of Indian Curry

It is best to obtain spices in whole seed form and to grind them just prior to use. When purchasing Indian spices one must beware of cheap imported seeds (often contaminated with heavy metals). Also, spices should not be irradiated (whole seeds should sprout when soaked in water for two days).

Once the Indian spices are ground they are mixed into a blend called Garam Masala. Unlike Thai curry, Garam Masala does not keep long and should be prepared fresh before each meal.

For Indian cuisine, vegetables and meats are sauteed using generous amounts of curry spices and served with Basmati Rice (to which bay leaves or whole cloves are added before cooking). A leavened pita-style bread called Nan is normally served alongside Indian dishes. A simple homemade cheese called Paneer (milk mixed with vinegar or citric acid) is mixed with various vegetables such as spinach. Popular condiments include yogurt, hot sauce, and sweet chutney. Whole fennel seeds are often chewed after dinner to freshen breath.
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References

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants – Dorling Kindersley and Andrew Chevallier

More on Caraway Essential Oil

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-…

More on Cardamom

http://www.webindia123.com/spices/c…

More on Clove

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic…

More on Fennel

http://www.compleatmother.com/women…

More on Turmeric

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthi…

Paneer Recipe

http://www.indianfoodforever.com/ba…

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Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

Rex Says: This is in addition to my immediate previous post. This was in mainstream media at ABC.com in February per the international study.
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
But don’t turn off electricity, researchers say, just take this into account in energy policies.
By Robert Preidt
Feb. 5
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) — Men [...]

Rex Says: This is in addition to my immediate previous post. This was in mainstream media at ABC.com in February per the international study.

Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
But don’t turn off electricity, researchers say, just take this into account in energy policies.

By Robert Preidt
Feb. 5
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) — Men who live in countries with the highest levels of artificial light at night appear more likely to develop prostate cancer, according to American and Israeli researchers.

They looked at the incidence of prostate cancer among men in 164 countries and also studied data on nighttime lighting.

The incidence of prostate cancer in countries with low nighttime lighting exposure was 66.77 per 100,000, compared with 87.11 per 100,000 among men with medium exposure (30 percent greater risk), and 157 per 100,000 among men with high exposure (80 percent greater risk).

The University of Cincinnati and University of Haifa researchers said a number of theories could explain the apparent link between nighttime lighting and increased prostate cancer risk, including: suppression of melatonin production; suppression of the immune system; and disruption of the body clock due to confusion between night and day.

“This does not mean that we have to go back to the Middle Ages and turn the lights out on the country. What it means is that this link should be taken into account in planning the country’s energy policies,” the researchers said in a news release.

In a previous study, the same team of researchers found an association between nighttime light and the incidence of breast cancer.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute explains prostate cancer prevention.

SOURCE: University of Haifa, news release, January 2009

Copyright 2009 HealthDayNews, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6807055&page=1

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Turn off the Lights for Healthier Sex Organs

Rex Says: This makes perfect sense. There have already been studies showing nurses on the 11-7 shift have higher rates of breast cancer. If your sleep patterns are disrupted, your immune system is compromised which studies show allow cancer cells to grow. In addressing my cancer naturally, we have worked agressively to [...]

Rex Says: This makes perfect sense. There have already been studies showing nurses on the 11-7 shift have higher rates of breast cancer. If your sleep patterns are disrupted, your immune system is compromised which studies show allow cancer cells to grow. In addressing my cancer naturally, we have worked agressively to get my hormones and body systems back in balance. Turn down the lights, Honey !

Turn off the Lights for Healthier Sex Organs
by Tiffany Boutwell, citizen journalist
Originally published May 24 2009

(NaturalNews) It turns out that setting a romantic mood by lighting candles during sex may be good in more ways than one. Several scientific studies have linked artificial lighting at nighttime to breast and prostate cancers.

One study completed by the University of Haifa in Israel found that of 164 countries studied, the countries most brightly lit during twilight hours had the highest rates of these two cancers. These industrialized countries also had more than double the cancer rates as those countries in the dark, so to speak. Research has also been conducted in the United States by the American National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Their research also concluded that there is a greater risk of breast and prostate cancer when people are exposed to artificial lights in developed countries.

The key to this discovery lies in the melatonin levels in one’s body. Melatonin, a hormone produced to help regulate your sleeping and wake cycles, or circadian rhythm, also plays a role in your immune system, body temperature, and endocrine functions. “Melatonin interferes with the tumor`s ability to use linoleic acid as a growth signal, which causes tumor metabolism and growth activity to shut down.” Dr. David Blask, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-endocrinologist said. He is a researcher for Bassett Research Institute and a lead author on one of the studies. Blask also states “Evidence is emerging that disruption of a person’s body clock is associated with cancer in humans, and that interference with internal timekeeping can tip the balance in favour of tumour development.” This is where the problem with artificial lighting comes in. Your body is unsure if it is day or night because of the lighting and it begins decreasing production of melatonin which in turn, causes your system to go haywire.

The good news is you don`t have to go completely primitive to reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancers, although getting back to a more natural state of living is better for your body. Just 20 minutes of natural sunlight in the morning can help reset your body to producing optimum melatonin during evening hours. Also, sleeping in complete darkness with no lighting from television can help ensure your body doesn`t decrease it`s melatonin production. And what better excuse do you need to turn off the lights and get a little closer to your special someone than preventing cancer?

To read more about the research conducted, visit bio-medicine.org.

Sources:

*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Health…
*http://www.bio-medicine.org/biology…

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Think you’re preventing Breast Cancer? See “The Ugly Side to the Beauty Industry”

Lisa Says: Rex and I had the unique thrill of stumbling upon award winning Stacy Malkan’s live presentation of her groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society Publishers 2007) last fall at the GreenFestival in DC. Rex was at [...]

Lisa Says: Rex and I had the unique thrill of stumbling upon award winning Stacy Malkan’s live presentation of her groundbreaking expose’ about toxic chemicals in personal care products “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry” (New Society Publishers 2007) last fall at the GreenFestival in DC. Rex was at first awkward being one of few men there, but quickly became enthralled, and outraged, and the petrochemicals in skin and beauty products clearly contributing to illness such as breast cancer, closely related to his own prostate cancer (for some reason, he was most angry about lead in lipstick and forbade me to use lead-laced-lipstick again which I thought was charming). Stacy’s campaign for truly natural products is revolutionizing the cosmetic industry. There’s a wealth of information at “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics“, and you can also learn more about Stacy’s award winning book Not Just A Pretty Face.

To review your cosmetic and skin care products (I think you’ll be amazed), go to the Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP cosmetic safety FREE database and search under your product’s name.

Due to the fact that these petrochemicals in everyday items such as soap, shampoo, and deoderant, cause the (bad) estrogenic effect on the body linked to breast and prostate cancer just to start, we started switching over after Rex was diagnosed. Even mainstream american medicine is now acknowledging this link for envrionmental or xenoestrogens (see other blog post). We didn’t throw everything out at once, but as items were used up, the new products we bought after a review of the EWG site.

Here is a  MUST SEE 3 MINUTE VIDEO FROM CORNELL

 So when Rex went for his bike ride at 6:30am this morning, I went on my web ‘ride’ for quality, truly pure cosmetics and skin care products at the EWG site. Rather than searching a particular brand, I simply searched ‘mascara’ or ‘ eye shadow’ and began reviewing website related to all of their products rated 0-2. I’m sure there’s more out there, but here were 4 that I was impressed with, in order ‘WOW!” to ‘they sound good”. I felt all the pricing reasonable and about the same across each company. I’m going to order some of the products and will let keep you posted. If ANYONE has any related info, please let us know !

Coastal Classic Creations from California (gotta love their passion). This website is SERIOUS about cosmetic safety and related environmental issues.

Think Before You Pink

Zosimos Botanicals  Maryland

Daisy Blue Naturals  Minnesota

Rejuva Minerals  Florida

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Good Dietary and Lifestyle Health Habits can Drastically Cut Cancer Risk

Rex Says: Personally, I believe the estimates are too low on how many these lifestyle changes could affect. If cancer has skyrocketed so much in recent years, why WOULDN’T it help more than just a thrid of cancers? Americans certainly haven’t undergone a genetic change in the last 50 years, it’s lifestyle and [...]

Rex Says: Personally, I believe the estimates are too low on how many these lifestyle changes could affect. If cancer has skyrocketed so much in recent years, why WOULDN’T it help more than just a thrid of cancers? Americans certainly haven’t undergone a genetic change in the last 50 years, it’s lifestyle and what we’re exposing ourselves to, but remember, WE HAVE THE CONTROL.

Good Dietary and Lifestyle Health Habits can Drastically Cut Cancer Risk
by Reuben Chow, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Why do people get cancer? Perhaps more significantly, why have cancer rates soared so drastically over the past century? Is it because of genes? Is it because of what we are eating today? Or are stressful lifestyles to blame? Others put forth that factors such as environmental toxins and electromagnetic radiation are the main culprits. The fact is, cancer is a multi-causal disease and probably a result of a combination of the abovementioned factors. Recent statistics released by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has estimated the role of diet and lifestyle, suggesting that about one-third of the 12 most common types of cancer in richer countries could be prevented merely through a healthy diet, physical activity and the maintenance of healthy weight. In poorer, developing nations, the proportion of cancers preventable through these steps was estimated to be about one-in-four.

Details and Findings of Study

The cancers in question included those of the bowel, breast, gallbladder, kidney, liver, lung, mouth / pharynx / larynx, esophagus, pancreas, prostate, stomach and womb. For these cancers, it was estimated that 34% of cases in the US and 39% of UK cases were preventable through the said steps. This implied that there was more room for improvement in these countries.

Zooming in, it was also estimated that more than 40% of breast and bowel cancer cases in developed nations could have been prevented in the same way.

And the abovementioned figures had not even taken into account the detrimental effects of smoking, which on its own is believed to be the main cause of about one-third of all cancers.

The report had been put together by a panel of 23 experts. Their study had been based on 10 recommendations released by the WCRF in 2007 on preventing cancer; those included daily exercise, avoiding processed meats, eating less salt, and keeping healthy weight. To arrive at the estimates, the team had looked at the biggest and most reliable research studies available which covered the 10 factors.

“This report shows that by making relatively straightforward changes, we could significantly reduce the number of cancer cases around the world,” said Michael Marmot, the chair of the panel.

Importance of Dietary and Lifestyle Factors in Cancer Prevention

The possible causes of cancer were discussed earlier. What is clear about cancer is that it is certainly not an alien-like ailment which descended from the sky and invaded our bodies, against which we can do nothing for protection or recovery. “People think that somehow cancer comes from heaven, or Darwin, or from their parent’s genes, but that’s not always the case. A third are caused by smoking, and approximately a third are related to diet and physical activity,” Marmot also said.

And scientific backing seems to be increasing. “The evidence linking diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer has become stronger over the last decade and this report can play a part in people adopting healthier lifestyles. After not smoking, it is clear that diet, physical activity and weight are the most important things people can do to reduce their cancer risk,” said Mike Richards, the National Clinical Director for Cancer.

Holistic Action is Needed

The experts have called for urgent action, especially in view of the escalating sedentary and obesity epidemics, graying populations as well as worsening food choices. “We are expecting a substantial increase in cancer rates with the ageing population, obesity rates soaring, and with people becoming less active and increasingly consuming highly processed and energy dense foods and drinks. The good news is that this is not inevitable,” said Martin Wiseman, the project director.

But it is also quite clear that a holistic solution involving many parties will be needed if society is to stem the cancer epidemic. “There is no magic bullet, no one single fix to the problem. If we are to tackle the situation we need individuals, business and government to work together to encourage healthy lifestyles by promoting things like cycle lanes and food labeling,” said Richard Davidson from Cancer Research UK.

The panel’s report had put forth some 48 suggestions for improvement. Some include:

* Eating more fruits in place of unhealthy fatty foods.
* Consumers to check labels to ensure foods being bought are healthy.
* Lowering costs of healthy foods.
* Schools and workplaces to stop providing unhealthy foods and to encourage exercise.
* Cycling to work.
* Governments to require widespread walking and cycling routes to be put in place; this will facilitate physical activity.
* Improving access to sporting facilities.

Beyond Merely Prevention – Cancer Recovery

How about those who have already been diagnosed with cancer? Are such lifestyle and dietary changes too little, too late for them? Not according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridgeshire, which found that about 36% of men with aggressive prostate cancer could give planned surgery or radiotherapy a miss after making some basic dietary and lifestyle changes.

The changes, which included lowering salt intake, reducing alcohol consumption, eating larger amounts of oily fish, losing weight and undertaking moderate exercise, were able to inhibit or even totally stop their cancers’ progression.

As we search for complicated answers to the cancer riddle, we should not underestimate the powerful role of factors which have been with us throughout human history – dietary and lifestyle habits.

References

Clean living way to beat cancer (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7…)

Healthy meal, exercise cuts cancer risk (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/…)

Adopting a healthy lifestyle ‘helps cancer suffers after diagnosis’ (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3…)

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Moderate Exercise Protects Against Breast Cancer and Death from All Causes

Rex Says: Breast and Prostate Cancers are ‘related’ in that they are ‘hormone’ related cancers, so in learning to treat my prostate cancer naturally, I’ve learned alot about breast cancer. Exercise was part of my lifestyle change into health, but DON’T see the word ‘exercise’ and be turned off. Think ‘movement’ and find what [...]

Rex Says: Breast and Prostate Cancers are ‘related’ in that they are ‘hormone’ related cancers, so in learning to treat my prostate cancer naturally, I’ve learned alot about breast cancer. Exercise was part of my lifestyle change into health, but DON’T see the word ‘exercise’ and be turned off. Think ‘movement’ and find what you enjoy !

Moderate Exercise Protects Against Breast Cancer and Death from All Causes
by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor
(NaturalNews) Scientists have long known there is a link between exercise and health. Even the connection between exercise and breast cancer has been well established. Early studies showed that women who exercised like mad were able to reduce their risk of breast cancer. This was because they exercised to the point where their estrogen production was slowed or stopped, reducing the possibility of estrogen imbalance in the body. This information was not too useful for most women who had neither time nor inclination to exercise like professional athletes. But now there is good news for everyone. Recent studies have shown that even moderate exercise has a profound effect on breast cancer prevention and prognosis, and a positive effect against death for all causes.

Moderate exercise has a dramatic impact on breast cancer development

A group from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina confirmed results from their previous study that even moderate exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer. They examined the association between cardio-respiratory fitness and risk of death from breast cancer in women who participated in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study from 1970 to 2001. Over 14,000 women aged 20 to 83 with no prior history of breast cancer were classified according to their performance on treadmill tests and other exams as low, moderate or highly fit depending on their results. The findings showed that women in poor physical condition were three times more likely to die from breast cancer than those who exercised regularly.

One half hour of daily aerobic exercise can make a person highly fit

It does not require hours of grueling daily workout on a treadmill to get into the highly fit category. This study measured fitness through aerobic exercise, a type of workout that aims for a sustained increase in heart and lung activity that allows for the burning of fat. When exercise becomes so grueling that muscle is burned, it is no longer considered to be aerobic. Any activity that gets a person moving for a sustained period with increased heart and lung action, such as walking, jogging, cleaning, gardening, dancing, or doing calisthenics will qualify as aerobic. Jogging in front of the TV set will even get the job done.

Aerobic exercise can actually be very enjoyable and invigorating. It promotes the circulation of oxygen in the blood and floods cells with enough oxygen to chase cancer away. Aerobics helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Mood and outlook are uplifted with this form of exercise, and sense of well being and feelings of empowerment are heightened. The mind is cleared and the ability to concentrate is restored.

A half hour a day of aerobic exercise can result in a person being classified as highly fit. Fifteen minutes a day is all it takes to achieve moderate fitness. Just waving the arms about in imitation of an orchestra leader while listening to music for fifteen minutes a day can even make a person moderately fit. Aerobic exercise has the added benefits of easy weight loss and a price tag of zero.

Exercise is associated with positive outcome from hormone sensitive breast cancer

In another study from the University of South Carolina, scientists examined the association between physical activity and hormone receptor-defined breast cancers in a population of Asian women. Participants, ages 25 to 64 years, were recruited into the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study, a population-based study conducted in China. Women with confirmed breast cancer and available receptor status information, and matched controls completed in-person interviews. Regression measures were used to model the association between measures of physical activity with each breast cancer subtype, (ER/PR positive, ER/PR negative, ER positive and PR negative, and ER negative and PR positive) using the control population as the reference group.

Results showed that exercise during adolescence and also during the most recent 10 years was associated with a decreased risk of both receptor-positive and receptor-negative breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women (odds ratios were 0.44, 0.51, 0.43, and 0.21 respectively). Sweating during exercise within the most recent 10 years was also associated with decreased risk for receptor-positive and receptor-negative breast cancers among postmenopausal women (odds ratios 0.58 and 0.28 respectively). These findings suggest that exercise can reduce breast cancer risk through both hormonal and non-hormonal pathways.

Exercise reduces risk of death from all causes

A study from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark studied inflammation as a key player in the development of degenerative diseases such as breast cancer, colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Given that regular exercise offers protection against all causes of mortality through its ability to protect against insulin resistance, the scientists suggested that exercise may exert some of its beneficial effects by inducing anti-inflammatory cytokines, which they have labeled myokines. Interleukin-6 is the first identified myokine. It is produced and released by skeletal muscle fibers when they contract with exercise, and exerts its beneficial effects on other organs of the body. These scientists suggest that skeletal muscle qualifies to be an endocrine organ, and myokines may be involved in promoting beneficial effects against all degenerative diseases associated with inflammation, including cancer.

For more information see:

JB Peel et al, “A Prospective Study of Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Breast Cancer Mortality”, Medical Science and Sports Exercise, April, 2009.

SA Adams et al, “Association of Physical Activity with Hormone Receptor Status: The Shanghai Breast Cancer Study”, Cancer Epidemiological Biomarkers and Prevention, June, 2006.

N Mather et al, “Exercise as a Mean to Control Low-Grade Systemic Inflammation”, Mediator of Inflammation, 2008.

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IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer

Rex Says: I actually used Paw Paw as part of my natural cancer protocol but this information shows just some of the options available.
IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer
by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor
(NaturalNews) Anyone looking for effective alternatives to the treatments offered by traditional cancer specialists might want to look at inositol [...]

Rex Says: I actually used Paw Paw as part of my natural cancer protocol but this information shows just some of the options available.

IP6 is Highly Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer
by Barbara Minton, Natural Health Editor
(NaturalNews) Anyone looking for effective alternatives to the treatments offered by traditional cancer specialists might want to look at inositol hexophosphate (IP6). It is a very simple and inexpensive treatment that may easily get written off by people, who have been led to believe the cure for cancer can only be found in a laboratory through the complexities of science and only after years of expensive research and testing. Yet it is becoming obvious that one of the most effective cures for cancer already exists in a simple compound found in abundance in many foods. New research continues to underscore the effectiveness of IP6 against cancer.

IP6 is found effective against prostate cancer

In a recent study at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, more specific mechanisms through which IP6 is effective were identified. Scientists had previously found that IP6 increased the activity of genes that control proteins in human prostate cancer cells lacking functional p53, the gene that provides much cancer protection. They sought to determine whether this increased activity plays a role in IP6’s anti-tumor effect. They found that the two genes activated by IP6, p21 and p27, play a critical role in mediating the anticancer effectiveness of IP6. Following activation of the genes by IP6, they were able to halt tumor growth and promote the appropriate death of cells in a process known as apoptosis. This study was published in the February edition of Cancer Research.

This study follows on the heels of other research from the University of Colorado that evaluated the efficacy of IP6 against prostate tumor growth and progression. Prostate cancer was induced in mice given either water containing IP6 or plain water. The researchers found that IP6 inhibited the progression of the cancer cells and strongly reduced the incidence of adenocarcinoma. This is of high significance because 95% of prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, meaning the cancer has developed in the lining or inner surface of the gland.

The incidences of well-differentiated and poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas in the group fed IP6 were reduced by 44% and 62% respectively. Analysis of the prostate tissue showed a 3.5 fold increase in malignant cell death. This highly significant finding established for the first time that oral IP6 suppresses prostate tumor growth and progression at the stage of abnormal or uncontrolled growth.

IP6 is non-toxic and produces no side effect

IP6 is a compound found in beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rice and wheat bran, corn, and sesame. One-half cup of whole kernel corn contains a whopping 650 mgs of IP6. It is composed of an inositol sugar molecule (one of the B vitamins), with six phosphate groups attached. Because it is a sugar molecule, it has a pleasant, sweet taste. Because it is from food and not from a drug laboratory, IP6 has no toxic effects in the body even at high doses.

Although the IP6 compound was identified many years ago, it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that its ability to control the rate of abnormal cell division was discovered. A scientist from the University of Maryland, Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, found that IP6 was able to halt well developed cancers. While most cancer research centered on killing cancer cells, Dr. Shamsuddin proved that IP6 could normalize the sugar production of cancerous cells, thereby altering their gene expression toward a more healthful state. This discovery has major implications because cancer cells that are well behaved have far less negative consequences to health.

IP6 works in many ways against cancer

Whether from food or from therapeutic supplemental doses, IP6 works against cancer in several ways. Its ability to act as an intracellular messenger means that it is integral in many cellular activities including:

Normalizing the rate of cell growth
When cancer cells lose their control mechanisms, rapid and uncontrolled division of malignant cells is often the result. As IP6 repairs the gene mutations and reestablishes control within the cells, their rate of division is slowed

Enhancing natural killer cells
Natural killer cells are white blood cells that help protect against infected or cancerous cells. Research has shown that the higher the amount of natural killer cell activity, the lower the incidence of some cancers. A healthy human produces 500 to 1000 cancer cells daily that need to be identified and disposed of by the body. Natural killer cells and natural cell programming result in the vast majority of these cells being destroyed and removed. However, when the body is under stress, including the stress produced by lack of sleep, natural killer cell population is compromised. When the body is under the ultimate stress of being forced to face a diagnosis of cancer and the terrifying toxic treatments that go with such a diagnosis, the natural killer cell population can be reduced at the time it is most needed. IP6 has been documented and proven to increase natural killer cells at such times.

Normalizing cell physiology
Because IP6 is able to restore aspects of normality to the cells, it is able to modulate how a cancer cell expresses itself and how threatening it will be. Experiments have shown that IP6 is able to normalize several aspects of cell physiology in spite of the fact that cancer cells have altered DNA. It was demonstrated in the above noted study that IP6 is able to alter gene expression to restore normality. The more a cell can return to its normal state, the more it loses its malignant characteristics.

Increasing tumor suppressor p53 gene activity
DNA contains tumor suppressor genes that inhibit pathways and processes that allow cells to become malignant. The p53 gene acts as a control to prevent genetically damaged or cancerous cells from growing and propagating. If the p53 gene becomes damaged or compromised, cancers can establish themselves more easily. IP6 has been shown to greatly increase the amount of p53 gene activity, up to seventeen times. When augmented by IP6, even the toxic treatments offered by traditional medicine become more effective due to its ability to increase p53 gene activity.

Enhancing apoptosis
Apoptosis is the orderly programmed process by which cells naturally die off. The process of apoptosis results in the removal of individual cells without affecting the surrounding cells. It is part of the growth and maintenance of healthy tissues. Cancerous cells do not want to die and are resistive to apoptosis. This is one mechanism of tumor formation. IP6 has been shown to restore cancerous cells to normality to the point where they are able to follow through with their programmed death.

Affecting angiogenesis
Angiogenesis is the process by which tumors set up their own blood supply, to assure themselves of getting the nutrients necessary to grow. Once this blood supply is set up, tumor growth spirals as more growth leads to more blood supply creation. IP6 has been shown to inhibit this process, resulting in the starvation of cancer cells.

Powerfully chelating heavy metal
Tumor cells use iron as a primary growth factor. According to researchers at Wake Forest University, iron chelators are of value in the treatment of cancer since they act by depleting iron and limiting tumor growth. IP6 binds with iron and escorts it from the body. Because IP6 is naturally found in all human cells, it has the ability to get inside tumor cells and remove their iron.

Inhibiting metastasis
IP6 inhibits cancer cell migration and invasion by preventing the adhesion of these cells to extra-cellular matrix proteins. This limited adhesion is very important following surgery and biopsy, as these procedures can cause cancer cells to become dislodged. One reason so many breast cancer patients have lymph nodes containing cancer cells is that the squeezing of the breast by the mammography used in diagnosis can dislodge cancer cells which then migrate to the lymph nodes.

Inhibiting inflammation
One key indicator used in predicting the survival rate for a cancer patient is the level of systemic inflammation. Inflammation is like a fire going on in the body that will destroy it if not stopped. IP6 helps stop inflammation through chemical messages that halt the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Inhibiting free radical production
IP6 acts as an antioxidant in the body. Antioxidants are known to protect against disease states and aging in general. Antioxidants bind with free radicals rendering them harmless. In their free state, these radicals can damage DNA and leave cells susceptible to mutations that can result in the production of cancerous cells. IP6 is significantly more potent as an antioxidant than green tea.

IP6 influences genes to halt colon cancer

In another recent study, more information about the molecular mechanisms through which IP6 acts was revealed. Scientists at the Medical University of Silesia in Poland investigated the influence of IP6 on the expression of genes encoding subunits of NFkappaB and of its inhibitor, IkappaBalpha, in human colorectal cancer cells. The results of their study suggest that IP6 primarily influences p65 and IkappaBalpha expression in colon cancer cells. The amount of activity seen was dependent on the IP6 levels and the amount of time it had been present in the cells.

Populations with diets high in IP6 have low incidences of cancers

Dr. Shamsuddin’s studies have shown that tumor regression takes place in people using 8 grams of IP6 daily for three to four weeks. This is the amount that would be found in 12 ounces of whole kernel corn. One of his studies found that after two weeks the tumors of mice treated three times a week with IP6 were 96 percent smaller than the tumors of mice that did not receive IP6. Populations with diets high in IP6 have lower incidences of cancers of the breast, colon and prostate. Dr. Shamsuddin’s laboratory experiments with IP6 have been reproduced and extended by scientists around the world, reconfirming his amazing findings. This study is from Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, November through December, 2008.

IP6 is more than a cancer treatment

In addition to the anti-cancer benefits of IP6, research is revealing its benefits in treating diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart disease, and kidney stones. It has recently been shown to help Parkinson’s patients because of its ability to chelate excess iron and thereby reduce oxidative stress that results in neuronal degradation.

Treating cancer with IP6

For anyone choosing to use IP6 as a cancer cure or a preventative there are some things to know. IP6 is present in all human cells, and considered quite safe to use. However, IP6 obtained from food is bound to protein. Before it can be absorbed by the body, it must be freed from this protein by the enzyme phytase that is present in food and naturally in the intestinal tract. The power of the phytase enzyme is damaging to IP6 and renders much of it inactive and therefore less effective when obtained in this form. Pure IP6 from a supplement is not bound to protein and is easily absorbed intact and able to provide its complete medicinal properties.

Many holistic healers and naturopaths recommend IP6 as a standard alternative treatment to be used along with others alternative treatments for active cancer. For people with a high risk of cancer or who have had cancer and want to prevent a recurrence, IP6 is also consistently recommended. Some traditional physicians are becoming aware of the benefits of IP6 and although they can’t bring themselves to abandon their toxic treatments, they are adding IP6 to their protocols.

For more information see:

Dr. Kin Vanderlinden, Dr. Ivana Vucenik, Too Good to be True?

Dr. Abulkalam Shamsuddin, IP6 Natural Revolutionary Cancer Fighter

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sardi/sa…

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Black Cohosh Herb Halts Growth of Breast Cancer Tumors

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 by: David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews.com) Extract of black cohosh may halt the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a new study conducted by the French company Naturex and published in the journal “Phytomedicine.” The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cimicifugae racemosae [...]

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 by: David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews.com) Extract of black cohosh may halt the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a new study conducted by the French company Naturex and published in the journal “Phytomedicine.” The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cimicifugae racemosae rhizome, also known as black cohosh, is a plant in the buttercup family that is native to eastern North America, ranging from central Georgia in the south to southern Ontario in the north, and as far west as Missouri. It is also known as black bugbane, black snakeroot and fairy candle.

Black cohosh has a history of use as a traditional medicine for gynecological problems, kidney problems and sore throat, and is commonly used to help relieve the symptoms of menopause.

In the current study, researchers applied extracts of black cohosh to breast cancer cells in a laboratory setting. Growth of cancer cells was inhibited in cell lines that had the extract added, apparently due to an increase in programmed cell death (apoptosis).

The researchers linked the cancer-inhibiting effects of black cohosh extract to its content of triterpene glycosides.

“Taken together, these results indicate that the triterpene glycoside actein and related compounds may be useful in the prevention and treatment of human breast cancer,” the researchers wrote.

Various safety concerns have been raised over the use of black cohosh dietary supplements by women with breast cancer. A Yale School of Medicine study found that black cohosh increased the cell toxicity of two chemotherapy drugs, doxorubicin and docetaxel, making them more dangerous. At the same time, black cohosh appears to decrease the cell toxicity of a different drug, known as cisplatin.

Black cohosh has also been known to induce labor or miscarriage in certain cases.

The connection of the plant with the female reproductive system is not well understood. Originally, researchers believed that the plant contained phytoestrogens, but this hypothesis is now in dispute.

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BREAST CANCER: DOWNPLAYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

For May 18, 2008

http://www.cancerdecisions.com/051808.html
This week, the New York Times ran an article under the headline ‘Reducing Your Risk For Breast Cancer,’ encouraging readers to lose weight, exercise more, shun alcohol and avoid hormone therapy in order to lower their risk of developing breast cancer (Rabin, NYT).
Of course it makes good sense for women to take [...]

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For May 18, 2008

http://www.cancerdecisions.com/051808.html

This week, the New York Times ran an article under the headline ‘Reducing Your Risk For Breast Cancer,’ encouraging readers to lose weight, exercise more, shun alcohol and avoid hormone therapy in order to lower their risk of developing breast cancer (Rabin, NYT).

Of course it makes good sense for women to take what practical steps they can in order to lessen their risk of breast cancer. The Times article makes many valid points and gives some sound suggestions. But in general terms, the article is yet another example of the media’s tendency to over-simplify what is in fact an extremely complex disease. Ultimately it does women no service to focus so single-mindedly on the role of personal responsibility as the primary preventive strategy while omitting to mention the much larger influence of environmental risk factors such as pollution and radiation. Apart from giving a free pass to those who are silently contributing to the burden of breast and other cancers, the media’s tendency to dwell on personal responsibility while largely ignoring known environmental contributions to the disease feeds the notion that breast cancer is at least in part a consequence of poor personal choices. This may have the unfortunate effect of fostering a ‘blame the victim’ mentality.

Genetic and Environmental Triggers

North America has the highest breast cancer rate in the world. Every year in the US, about 182,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 40,500 women die from the disease. Although the incidence of breast cancer has dropped slightly every year since 2003 – the year that the widespread use of hormone replacement therapy began to decline sharply – the disease remains the second leading cause of cancer death among American women.

Inherited risk plays a part, to be sure, but its influence is relatively minor: having a close relative with the disease only accounts for 5 to 7 percent of a woman’s risk. The large majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no immediate family history of the disease. The fact that American women are more likely than their counterparts in most other countries to develop the disease points strongly towards environmental triggers. This is borne out by the observation that women who immigrate to the US from other countries where there are lower breast cancer rates quickly assume the same risk as American-born women.

Identifying the many potential environmental contributors to cancer risk is an enormously complicated task. One group of environmental pollutants that has earned closer scrutiny for its potential role in the development of breast cancer is pesticides.

Pesticides can influence the development of breast cancer in three main ways: They can act as a “complete carcinogen” – i.e., they can cause normal tissue to undergo irreversible changes that lead to invasive malignancy. Very few pesticides are complete carcinogens. Far more common are pesticides that can act as tumor promoters, encouraging unruly growth in an existing tumor or area of abnormality. Finally, many pesticides can act as what are called “endocrine disrupters” – that is, they are capable of mimicking hormones such as estrogen that are known to drive cancer growth, or they may interfere with normal hormonal regulation of cell growth, encouraging uncontrolled cell division. Endocrine disruption is potentially the most serious contributor to breast cancer risk.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used every year in the US. Eighty percent of this total is used in agriculture, representing an enormous environmental burden. The pesticide atrazine – a known endocrine disruptor – is one of the most widely used. Although it was banned by the European Union after studies demonstrated its endocrine disrupting capacity, atrazine continues to be the second most widely used pesticide/herbicide in the US. More than 70 million pounds of atrazine are used annually in this country, the vast majority (98 percent) for agricultural purposes, as a weed killer.

Sounding the Alarm

Although the environmental movement has long harbored concerns about the endocrine disrupting ability of atrazine, the mainstream media have on the whole been very slow to pay attention to the threat posed by this extensively used compound. But a study published on May 7 in the science journal PLoS One has directly demonstrated the ability of atrazine to interfere with the hormonal signaling mechanisms in human placental cells, once again raising questions about the possible role of atrazine in the development of breast and other hormone-driven cancers (Suzawa, 2008).

The same researchers have shown in a related study that the fish population becomes feminized in water with atrazine concentrations equivalent to those found in runoff from agricultural fields (the female to male ratio is approximately doubled). Interviewed by the online journal Science Daily, the lead author of the study, Holly Ingraham, PhD, a professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco, urged scientists to pay more attention to atrazine’s potential dangers. “These fish are very sensitive to endocrine disrupting chemicals, so one might think of them as ’sentinels’ to potential developmental dangers in humans,” she said.

The degree of alarm within the scientific community concerning the dangers of hormone disrupting environmental pollutants is also apparent in a report released last month by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), a European umbrella group of non-governmental research organizations. This report directly questions the growing tendency to label breast cancer a lifestyle and genetic disease. “We will not be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer without addressing preventable causes, particularly exposure to chemicals,” said the author of the paper, Andreas Kortenkamp, who heads the Center for Toxicology at London University’s School of Pharmacy (Kortenkamp, 2008).

The advocacy group The Breast Cancer Fund, whose mission is specifically focused on the identification and elimination of the environmental and preventable causes of breast cancer, has also done a great deal to influence public awareness concerning the dangers of endocrine disrupters and environmental pollutants. The group publishes an annual review of the evidence – State of the Evidence 2008: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment – which is available from the organization’s website (www.breastcancerfund.org).

Scientists and advocacy groups are leading the way on this important issue. It’s time for the news media to follow suit and focus more attention on the contribution of environmental risk factors to breast and other cancers.
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Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

References:

The Breast Cancer Fund: http://www.breastcancerfund.org.

Kortenkamp A, Breast Cancer and Exposure to Hormonally Active Chemicals: An Appraisal of the Scientific Evidence. Available from
http://www.chemicalshealthmonitor.org

Rabin, Roni. Reducing Your Risk For Breast Cancer. New York Times May 13, 2008. Accessed May 15 at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/health/13breast.html?ref=health

Science Daily: Common Herbicide Disrupts Human Hormone Activity In Cell Studies. Science News May 8, 2008, Accessed May 15 at:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080507084013.htm

Susawa M, Ingraham H. The herbicide atrazine activates endocrine gene networks via non-steroidal NR5A nuclear receptors in fish and mammalian cells. PLoS One. 2008 May 7;3(5):e2117.

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